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Blank, Les

Overview
Works: 236 works in 647 publications in 5 languages and 9,722 library holdings
Genres: Documentary films  Internet videos  Nonfiction films  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biographies  Short films  Music  Biographical films  Ethnographic films  Nonfiction television programs 
Roles: Director, Cinematographer , fmd, edm, Editor, Producer, Author, Restager , Actor, fmk, Other, Photographer, Contributor
Classifications: PN1997, E
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Les Blank
Burden of dreams by Les Blank( Visual )

47 editions published between 1982 and 2021 in 5 languages and held by 961 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Goes behind the scenes in the making of Werner Herzog's Fitzcarraldo, the story of one man's attempt to build an opera house deep in the Amazon jungle. Filmmaker Les Blank captured the production, made perilous by Herzog's determination not to use models or special effects
Chulas fronteras( Visual )

15 editions published between 1976 and 2018 in 3 languages and held by 526 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Features the music and culture of Mexican-Americans living in southern Texas, showing food preparation, family life, dances, fieldwork, and other social activities
Les Blank : always for pleasure( Visual )

14 editions published between 1995 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 433 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The blues accordin' to Lightnin' Hopkins (31 min.) : A portrait of Texas bluesman Lightin' Hopkins created via a collection of musical performances and oral histories
A poem is a naked person( Visual )

17 editions published between 2015 and 2021 in English and held by 433 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Filmmaker Les Blank considered this free-form feature documentary about singer-songwriter Leon Russell, filmed between 1972 and 1974 while Blank was living at the Russell/Shelter Records recording studio compound on Grand Lake of the Cherokees in NE Oklahoma, but unreleased due to creative differences and music clearance problems, to be one of his greatest accomplishments. Includes scenes of Russell and his band and others performing, both in concert and in the studio. Also features footage of everyday life in Oklahoma
J'ai été au bal = I went to the dance( Visual )

18 editions published between 1989 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 388 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Looks at the Cajun-zydeco countryside, its people and their dance halls blended with performances of the music and the recollections of its musicians. Features historical sequences about Joe Falcon, Amede Ardoin, Iry LeJeune, Harry Choates, and others
Roots of rhythm by Eugene Rosow( Visual )

3 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 341 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Remonta los orígenes de la música latina de España y África al Nuevo Mundo (Programa 1). Se centra en la música pop desarrollada en Cuba y examina como los Norteamericanos comenzaron a descubrir los tesoros musicales de esta isla (Programa 2). Muestra cómo la música española africana se ha hecho parte básica de la cultura musical popular de los Estados Unidos (Programa 3)."
Always for pleasure( Visual )

18 editions published between 1977 and 2020 in English and held by 281 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This 1978 documentary is Les Blank's celebration of the spirit and social traditions of New Orleans, featuring Mardi Gras and St. Patrick's Day celebrations as well as musical performances by Allen Toussaint, Kid Thomas Valentine, and others
All in This Tea( Visual )

7 editions published between 2007 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 257 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Follows the world-renowned tea expert David Lee Hoffman to some of the most remote regions of China in search of the best handmade teas in the world. During his youth, he spent four years with Tibetan monks in Nepal where he was introduced to some of the finest tea. Unable to find anything but insipid tea bags in the U.S., Hoffman began traveling to China to find tea for himself, climbing up lush, terraced mountainsides to meet the farmers who practiced skills handed down through generations of tea makers for thousands of years
Screening Room with Les Blank( Visual )

5 editions published between 2007 and 2014 in English and held by 228 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Beginning with The Blues Accordin' to Lightnin' Hopkins in 1969, Les Blank has become known for his films about indigenous southern music and various other topics. He has received numerous major awards including the British Academy Award for 'Burden of Dreams, ' about Werner Herzog and the making of 'Fitzcarraldo, ' top prizes at the Melbourne Film Festival and the Sundance Film Festival for 'In Heaven There is No Beer?, ' and the Maya Deren Award for lifetime achievement as an independent filmmaker. Retrospectives of Blank's work have been held at New York's Museum of Modern Art, the National Film Theatre, London, and the Cinematheque Francaise. His filmmaking company, Flower Films, is based in El Cerrito, California. Les Blank, along with music writer Peter Guralnick, appeared on Screening Room in January 1973 to discuss his recent work and screen The Blues Accordin' to Lightnin' Hopkins, also footage from what later comprised Dry Wood and Hot Pepper
A Well Spent Life( Visual )

14 editions published between 1970 and 2021 in English and held by 223 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Musician Mance Lipscomb commands the screen in Blank's vivid sketch of a man some consider the greatest blues guitarist who ever lived
In heaven there is no beer? by Les Blank( Visual )

12 editions published between 1983 and 2016 in English and held by 218 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A cinematic jamboree, this film finds Blank in a characteristically jubilant mode as he explores polka happiness and the Polish American polka subculture
Garlic is as good as ten mothers by Les Blank( Visual )

20 editions published between 1979 and 2021 in English and held by 212 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this love letter to "the stinking rose," documentarian Les Blank interviews garlic fanatics of all stripes, from cooks to members of garlic appreciation societies. The film, (a lip-smacking foray into the history, consumption, cultivation and culinary/curative powers of Garlic) features internationally renowned chef Alice Waters of Chez Panisse and a flavorful musical soundtrack
Sprout wings and fly( Visual )

11 editions published between 1982 and 2021 in English and Undetermined and held by 199 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is a warm depiction of the life of old-time fiddler Tommy Jarrell in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina
Hot pepper( Visual )

14 editions published between 1973 and 2020 in English and Multiple languages and held by 194 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is an energetic portrait of the Grammy-winning Creole musician Clifton Chenier, a.k.a. the King of Zydeco; Blank beautifully captures his music's propulsive, foot-tapping joy
Burden of dreams : screenplay, journals, reviews, photographs( Book )

3 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 189 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Innocents Abroad( Visual )

6 editions published between 1991 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 188 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A delightful, light-hearted film about forty American tourists visiting ten European countries in a whirlwind two weeks
Puamana( Visual )

4 editions published between 1991 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 186 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Puamana is a portrait of one of Hawaii's best loved and most prolific songwriters, Irmgard Farden Aluli. Auntie Irmgard, as she is affectionately known, is part of the Farden family, one of the most outstanding and accomplished musical families in the field of Hawaiian music
Werner Herzog eats his shoe by Les Blank( Visual )

12 editions published between 1979 and 2015 in English and held by 184 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A 20-minute film by Blank featuring Herzog fulfilling a bet
Spend it all by Les Blank( Visual )

13 editions published between 1970 and 2021 in English and Undetermined and held by 181 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Blank journeys down the bayous and byways of Southwest Louisiana in this riveting portrait of the region's Cajun community
Gap-toothed women by Les Blank( Visual )

8 editions published between 1987 and 2021 in English and held by 179 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Blank breezily questions our commonly accepted standards of beauty with this paean to women with extra-wide dental spaces
 
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Blank, Leslie Harrod 1935-2013

Blank, Leslie Harrod Jr

Les Blank Amerikaans documentairemaker (1935-2013)

Les Blank direutor de documentales estauxunidense (1935–2013)

Les Blank documentarista statunitense

Les Blank US-amerikanischer Dokumentarfilmer

Бланк, Лес

Լես Բլանկ

لس بلنک

ليه بلانك صانع أفلام وثائقية من الولايات المتحدة الأمريكية

블랑크, 레스 1935-2013

莱斯·布兰克

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